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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 February 2018) . . Page.. 85 ..

promote opportunities to work together, to seek ways to continue to grow our respective economies, support our respective business communities and continue to enhance the cultural and social fabric of the two cities.

The mission also helped to further the interests of the ACT government and our ACT tourism sector in the aviation area with the meetings held with Air New Zealand and the Auckland Airport corporation. As with the rerouting of the Singapore Airlines Wellington service, I am confident both Canberra and Wellington will work successfully to turn this challenge into an opportunity and to emerge with an even stronger bond.

Finally, I acknowledge the support provided to the New Zealand mission by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, the Canberra Business Chamber, the CBR Innovation Network, Screen Canberra and the Canberra Airport Group, particularly through its managing director, Mr Stephen Byron.

I present a copy of the statement:

New Zealand Mission—November 2017—Ministerial statement, 13 February 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Gender in legislation and policy

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mr Coe, Mrs Dunne, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Ms Orr, Mr Parton, Mr Pettersson, Mr Steel and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Le Couteur be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of considering gender when developing legislation and policy.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (4.39): Today we are discussing the importance of considering gender when developing policy and legislation. Noting of course that the parliamentary agreement specifies that disability and gender impact analysis will be undertaken as part of the triple bottom line assessment process, I just want to highlight why this is important.

A gender perspective is important for the simple reason that gender in all its forms shapes our interactions in society. Sometimes the impact of policy and legislation is gender neutral but more often than not it is not if we take time to look. Gender is one of the most fundamental aspects of a person’s personal and social identity. Women

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